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10-04-14 Court Report

By Staff | Oct 3, 2014

The Northeast District Court in Rugby heard felony cases in recent weeks with Judge John C. McClintock Jr., presiding.

Jeremiah Jeffrey Bierman, 20, of Towner, had a criminal judgement amended following June pleas to two counts of luring minors by computer, Class C felonies. A Class A felony charge of gross sexual imposition was dismissed at that hearing.

On Monday, Bierman was ordered to complete his sentence of one year and one day at the North Dakota Department of Corrections. Bierman received a deferred imposition on one of the charges, which will be removed from his record if he completes five years supervised probation (following release) with no criminal violations. He must notify the court of address changes and have no contact with the victim.

Rodney Neil Davis, 25, of Grand Forks, pleaded guilty guilty to possession of methamphetamine, Class C felony, and was sentenced to two years at N.D. Department of Corrections with one year suspended and three years supervised probation. Davis was ordered to complete drug and alcohol evaluation and treatment. A forfeiture of $1,745 will go to Pierce County.

James Lee Counts, 38, of Dunseith, requested a continuance on a Class C felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. Counts will have a preliminary hearing on Oct. 14. He was also charged with providing false information to law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor.

Leon James Schultz, 42, of Towner, received a two week continuance on a Class C felony charge of reckless endangerment. A pretrial conference is set for Oct. 4. He also is charged with disorderly conduct, a Class B misdemeanor.

On Tuesday, David Charles Hoover Jr., 19, of Harrisburg, Neb., was sentenced to one year with all time suspended on a Class C felony charge of possession of meth. Hoover was also charged with three Class A misdemeanors, including possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and ingesting a controlled substance. Hoover was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service with two years of supervised probation. He was ordered to complete a drug and alcohol evaluation and pay about $600 in court fees.

Previous week’s cases

On Sept. 24, Joey Mattern, 38, of Rugby, pleaded guilty to a fourth DUI offense, a Class C felony. Mattern was sentenced to three years at the N.D. Department of Corrections, with 18 months suspended, and three years supervised probation.

Mattern also pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia (marijuana), failure to report an accident and unauthorized use of a vehicle, all Class A misdemeanors.

On Sept. 23, Ayesha Lynn Eagleman, 27, of Dunseith, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia (meth), a Class C felony; and providing false information to law enforcement, a Class A misdemeanor. Eagleman is sentenced to one year, with all but 60 days suspended, at N.D. Dept. of Corrections. She received two years probation and must obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation and treatment.

Justin Ridley Cruse, 32, of Grassy Butte, had probation revoked from a 2013 Class C felony conviction on possession of meth. Cruse failed to have an evaluation done and absconded from supervision. He is sentenced to one year at N.D. Department of Corrections with all but 60 days suspended and two years supervised probation.

On Sept. 22, Savannah Kendahl Trottier, 27, of Rolla, had a bond hearing on Class C felony charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia (meth). Trottier also is charged with Class A misdemeanors of ingesting a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia (marijuana).

Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety with additional conditions of pretrial release including regular and random testing. Trottier will make an initial appearance on Oct. 7.

Vernon C. St. Claire Jr. III, 32, of Dunseith, had a bond hearing on the same two felony charges as Trottier and a Class A misdemeanor charge of paraphernalia possession (marijuana). Bond was set at $15,000 cash or surety with similar condition set for Trottier. St. Claire Jr. III will make an initial appearance on Oct. 7.

– Tribune Staff Report

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